Miromar Design Center and Aldo Castillo Gallery celebrate China with artwork and events exploring the country’s zodiac and the opening of a major exhibition of historical Chinese antiquities never before seen by the public. “Ancient Chinese Secrets” begins Friday evening. Nov. 9, with a reception, a zodiac presentation and the unveiling of the private collection (which is for sale through the CastiIIo gallery). Winslow Bud Johnson, author of “Chinese Zodiac Art,” will discuss the mysteries and origins of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals as seen in illustrations by Naples artist Tiffany Chang. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Chang has translated the 12 Chinese zodiac images to her own line of clothing, pillows and kimonos. Aldo Castillo Gallery will offer Chang originals for sale. The gallery has also commissioned paintings by South African artist Lorna Marsh and Scott Ashley for the exhibit. Their work will delve into the five zodiac-accompanying elements of fire, water, wood, earth and metal. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 5, which is the beginning of the Chinese New Year and the year of the pig. Mr. Johnson, a resident of Naples who has traveled extensively throughout China over the past 30 years, often leading group tours, says many people identify more with the lunar-based Chinese zodiac than they do the Western astrological signs. The zodiac is represented by 12 animals, each believed to have its own characteristics influencing fortune, health, love and success. “It’s so amazing how it works,” Mr. Johnson says. “It blows me away when people tell me they’re just like the animal or know someone else who is.” For many Chinese, the zodiac is so powerful that they plan pregnancies to coincide with favorable signs. The most revered is the dragon.